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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Exhibiting the Visibility of Museums and Galleries: From England to New England

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From exhibition design to archiving, evaluation and promotion through social media, the work of our panelists represents the varied facets that make up a functioning art museum/gallery. Each panelist had focus areas within four different sectors of art history, but the multiplicity of our jobs worked towards a common goal of preserving and promoting art within a museum and gallery space. Although our individual interests vary from art history and film to Russian studies and psychology, our panel is unified through our internships. We found that our most beneficial experiences occurred when we applied our academic interests to the field. Each of our internship experiences utilized our separate interests and expanded them within a career-based environment. These internships include Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Lyndsey Ingram Gallery in London.

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Ajay Sinha

Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College

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Emily Blomquist

Nesting into Russian History: the Connection between History and Art in Museum Donations, Russian and Eurasian Studies Major
I spent my summer interning at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This presentation will explore the connection between art and history that is inherent in all curatorial museum work, and specifically, in the donation of over 700 nesting dolls, lacquer boxes... Read More →
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Kaitlin Boheim

Your Mind on Art: Applying Psychology in a Museum Context, Psychology Major
This summer I dedicated my internship search to exploring the various ways in which my major, psychology, can be applied in the non-academic world. I ended up working in the evaluation department of the Peabody Essex Museum, an American maritime and Chinese export art museum in Salem... Read More →
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Olivia Melton

Small Museum Big Artist: My Summer in the Archives, Art History Major
During the summer of 2017 I interned at the Cape Ann Museum, a local art and maritime museum on Boston’s north shore. I worked primarily in their library and archives. One of the projects for which I was responsible was cataloging the Virginia Lee Burton collection. Burton was a... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 218